Anyhow, I'd scoped out rice cookers online and decided which model I wanted, figuring I could stop by one of the Japanese supermarkets near Convoy Street and pick one up, hopefully for about the same money it costs from shady eBay wholesalers in Manhattan. As luck would have it, Marukai have opened a new supermarket, Daiso, and homewares complex just up the street from Mitsuwa, and they're advertising 10% everything in the store if you sign up for a (free until the end of May 2008) membership. Yay, I thought, I'll probably get a good price on the rice cooker! I did, and to sweeten the deal, they threw in fifteen pounds of Japanese rice at no extra charge (the promotion runs through the end of the week or something).
It's a lovely supermarket, not particularly big, but keenly priced. Sadly, they ran out of toast bread and won't get any in until Wednesday, but that's fine, I'm happier with Grape-Nuts most days these days. Still, I've got my snazzy new rice cooker, frozen curry bowls, and enough rice to last me through the end of the year. Woohoo!